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June 29, 2018

Pokémon Go developer Niantic is opening up its AR development platform

by John_A

Niantic’s technology is called the Real World Platform.

Niantic, the development team behind Pokémon Go, announced today that it’ll now allow third-party developers to use its AR technology that powers not only Pokémon Go, but Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, too.


Niantic’s AR tech is called “Real World Platform”, and it uses a combo of computer vision, object recognition, and depth detection to create for those augmented reality experiences we’ve become so fond of.

If you’re a developer, you can now visit a new website Niantic’s created where you can apply to start using it. According to CEO John Hanke:

Because we are so excited about the opportunity in advanced AR, we want other people to be able to make use of the Niantic Real World Platform to build innovative experiences that connect the physical and the digital in ways that we haven’t yet imagined. We will be selecting a handful of third party developers to begin working with these tools later this year.

If this sounds familiar to something Google did earlier this year, that’s because it is. During this year’s Game Developer Conference, Google launched its Maps APIs for the Unity game engine to help developers create more accurate and immersive AR experiences.

In addition to the Real World Engine now open to use by other developers, Niantic also shed some light on features that’ll soon be available for it — such as shared AR multiplayer experiences, better blending of AR elements with the real world, and more.

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